The Government may lose a Commons battle to allow councils to extend Sunday opening hours after the SNP have said they will oppose the plans.
The planned legislation would have allowed councils to extend Sunday trading hours by up to six hours. The SNP had previously said that they would abstain as the legislation only affected England and Wales but the party now says that it will oppose the proposed changes.
Grant Shapps, the former Conservative Party Chairman, called the SNP’s decision “the most bizarre position I’ve ever heard”. As there are an estimated twenty Conservative MPs opposing the extended hours in the proposed form the Government may now face defeat.